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Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball

Oct 4, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

Alex Rodriguez has sued Major League Baseball. Here’s a link to the complaint. It’s a barnburner. And hey, a HardballTalk post is quoted in paragraph 37!

In the complaint Bud Selig and Major League Baseball are accused of acting underhandedly, pursuing A-Rod in a “witch hunt,” violating the Joint Drug Agreement and Collective Bargaining Agreement and seeking to trash A-Rod out of spite, vengeance and in an effort to secure Bud Selig’s legacy.

The actual legal cause of action: tortious interference with A-Rod’s contract with the Yankees and tortious interference with Rodriguez’s endorsement opportunities, endorsements and other business deals. The complaint is about 98% background and factual allegations, however, and no explosive word is spared.  This is A-Rod dumping gasoline all over Major League Baseball and lighting a match.

The question: has A-Rod thought about how he leaves the room without getting burned himself? And does he care?

108 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. chill1184 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Oh this is going to get really good

    • abaird2012 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      No, it’s gonna get really tiresome.

      • drewsylvania - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Going to? It already is.

    • majorhavoc83 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      I’m gonna settle in with some popcorn and a beer! :-)

      • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Doom Watch 2.0! It’s doomier!

      • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        No chicken?

    • Michael - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      I’ll make the popcorn.

  2. cocheese000 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Does Craig still practice law? I’m sure there is much more money in law than what he currently does.

    • chiadam - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      You mean whining is not lucrative?

    • wonkypenguin - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      I’m sure there is more money in law. But doing something soulless just for money is a pretty awful way to live life.

      • mornelithe - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        We still talking about being a lawyer or journalism in 2013?

      • wonkypenguin - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        I thought we all agreed that blogging isn’t true journalism. True journalism requires a whole lot more blaming and flippant over-reaction. It also requires less insight, analysis, and grammar.

        Better to think of blogging like the Sixth Estate and this Estate is very comfortable. Some might even say like your mom’s house might be.

      • mogogo1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Only difference is that lawyers don’t get caught in as many layoffs. And they go to school for longer.

      • mornelithe - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        WonkyPenguin – Sure took allot of insight and analysis for Mike Florio to spread the rumor regarding Terry Bradshaw’s death, right? Bloggers are no less susceptible to public scrutiny when they choose to write/spread fallacious rumors, then journalists are.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Yes, but being a lawyer usually requires one to leave the basement, and wear pants. Who needs those headaches.

    • Jason @ IIATMS - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      maybe more money but infinitely less fun. That’s gotta count somewhere in the decision ledger, no?

  3. chiadam - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Testimony is bought all the time. It doesn’t mean the witness is lying. But I’m sure this will turn ol’ purple lips into the most hated athlete of his generation.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Well, I hope the case doesn’t turn on Andy Pettitte’s testimony. He has a misremembering problem.

    • bsbiz - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      “When you ain’t got nothin’, you ain’t got nothin’ to lose.”

  4. rickdobrydney - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Good Lord, all this legalese crap makes me sick to my stomach , really — Just go away, all of you—-Arod, Bosch, all the goddam lawyers, everyone. I don’t want to hear about it, or read about it anymore. Its sickening. Testimony, jurisdictions, claims, damages, witnesses —-no wonder lawyers are as hated a group of professionals as any these days. ARod, you want real public approval ? Take the freaking millions you are spending on these clowns, donate it to charity, and just GO AWAY AND RETIRE TO FLORIDA FOREVER. And I blame the media (this blog included) for giving space to this ridiculous case on a DAILY basis. Drop it. Who CARES, really.

    • sabatimus - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      Then quit supporting it by clicking and commenting on it.

    • zzalapski - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Spoiler alert: Despite your impassioned plea, HBT will have posts about A-Rod until the end of his association with MLB, or until the end of time, whichever comes later.

    • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      Don’t hate on ALL lawyers. Remember: 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

  5. sabatimus - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Scary part is that A-Rod may win that suit.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Dare we dream? I personally would love nothing more than Bud losing his a-double-s in this whole affair. One of these guys threw away the rule book on his quest for personal glory, and the other guys is Alex Rodriguez.

      • sabatimus - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Selig won’t lose his a-double-s regardless of what happens, because he’s Selig and can apparently collude to do what he wants with impunity (like conspiring with Melky Cabrera to have his NL-best BA tossed out). But you’re right. He hired a known liar to sit on the stand and chirp like a bird. If the gods are good, this will swim up and bit Selig in the a-double-s.

        The aside here is that I can’t believe I’m rooting for A-Rod here.

      • mogogo1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Best case scenario would be sullying Bud’s legacy plus further destroying A-Rod’s image. If all goes well, it may assure neither of them ever make the Hall of Fame.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        I am fairly certain ARod wasn’t getting in anyway. But that shouldn’t mean that he deserves to lose all protections under the JDA, CBA and the law. If Bud had given him 50 games we would all probably not be discussing this one bit.

      • cur68 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        sab: NONE OF US can believe we’re rooting for ARod in this deal, but it is a fact: he is the lesser of these two evils by far. He only sought to abuse himself in order to help his team and live up to the GUARANTEED CONTRACT he signed. That’s almost noble.

        MLB? They’re attempting to shaft him because they’re bigger and they want to. They have power and leverage and they want to use it. They’ve already done it to minor league players, used it (correctly as it turns out) to get Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta etc to accept their punishments without appeal. But now they’re trying to “make an example” of ARod. Along the way they’re using the court system as their weapon and violating agreed upon policies.

        It puts us in the awkward spot of supporting ARod over The Man . . . and I frigging detest ARod.

      • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        I like to think there’s always a third option. Don’t root for A-Rod or Smug Bud. I’m pulling for Weiner!

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        We all do that, but it should really be done in private.

      • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:09 PM
      • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        * insert juvenile snicker here *

    • mornelithe - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Unlikely, abuse of power would’ve been to suspend A-Rod concurrently via the JDA and the CBA’s ‘conduct detrimental’ clause. Which would’ve removed his ability to play while awaiting his appeal. I mean, if Big Bad Selig is such a monster and cares little for rules and regulations, this stands in stark contrast to that, does it not?

      The one thing A-Rod and everyone else seems to be forgetting is that we’re not just talking personal testimony from Bosch, we’re also talking hard evidence. Now, does that hard evidence paint a picture without Bosch putting it in context via sworn testimony? That’s what this case will come down to, I think (And the appeal). Additionally, there’s also the FACT that what, 13 players accepted 50+ game bans, without appealing, with the very same proof?

      Regardless of who Bosch is, what he’s done, or what MLB had to do to get him to testify, there are a great many details and facts here that provide a compelling case even to us, without having seen the hard evidence, or heard Bosch’s testimony. Now…imagine a jury hearing all of this, plus Bosch’s testimony, plus the hard evidence MLB has.

      It’d be really great if MLB just dumped all of that out into the public forum, but since MLB and Selig have a vested interest in keeping as much of it hush hush to avoid further damage to the sport, it seems logical (from their standpoint) to keep it behind closed doors.

      Then there’s also the matter of Porter Fischer, who initially leaked the information connecting A-Rod to Bosch. His evidence regarding the clinic and ballplayers is now in the hands of the Government, which, during an actual lawsuit in public court, may be compelled by defense attorney’s to be released for defense of their clients. This now makes a Freedom of Information Act request even more likely, which could very well dump everything Fischer had, into the public spotlight.

      • anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Your analysis is valid up to a point but it overlooks several things. One of those things is the confidentiality clause in the JDA. All of this stuff is supposed to remain confidential under the agreement, that is the main point of the ARod complaint. He claims that that the release of information, both officially by MLB and by leaks, has caused him to lose a lot of money in endorsements, etc. Another thing is that Bosch is on the record as denying the MLB claims and is now cooperating only because of the settlement agreement in the dismissed lawsuit against him. It sets him up for the “were you lying then or are you lying now?” question, which is pretty effective with juries in civil cases. A state court is not going to be able to force the Justice Department to release evidence from an ongoing federal investigation, the Supremacy Clause and federal law would prevent that. Also, Bosch would be well-advised by his attorneys to refuse to testify in any civil proceeding as long as the federal investigation is active, and I have no doubt that he will refuse. If the feds close the investigation without indicting Bosch or anybody else, that would not not necessarily mean that ARod’s case has merit, but it would be a good indication that the evidence is unreliable.

      • mornelithe - Oct 4, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        Also a good point, however, there’s a catch with the JDA. Once the information starts to be discussed publicly, the confidentiality clause is no longer valid. So, who was it who initially broke the information? Fischer? A-Rod? Bosch? The Miami Newspaper? Yahoo sports? At what point does the confidentiality clause become null and void, that’ll be a question that must be answered in order to place blame. After that, he would need to prove that MLB authorized, purposefully, the release of any leaks. It’s all fine and dandy to accuse MLB of doing it intentionally, it’s another thing entirely to prove it.

        As far as Bosch is concerned, like A-Rod he initially is obligated (ala Cover your arse clause) to deny any wrongdoing. How is Bosch’s initial denial any different than the plethora of busted players, who later sing a different tune after further information comes to light.

        Even further, the hard evidence that Bosch gave MLB, which was enough to make 13 other players accept 50+ game bans, without appeal. It’s not just what Bosch says, it’s the information/emails/texts/payments records that he gave MLB. The Fischer documents would only be further evidence.

        Bosch can refuse, yes, but who’s to say that it’s Bosch’s testimony that’s most compelling? The other players banned surely have good lawyers, who would easily poke holes in someone of questionable characters story, like Bosch…right?

        Either way, should be interesting to see how this plays out.

  6. rbj1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    The question is, does Bud settle ahead of time to avoid discovery? Because Bud Selig & MLB Inc. do not want discovery about the entire steroid era and their complicity in it.

    To me it sounds like Bosch’s testimony went against Alex, very badly, and so now he’s using the nuclear option of taking everyone down with him.

    • mogogo1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      Bud’s on the way out the door. Does he fear that much for his legacy, or figure that by the time it all gets decided it’ll be somebody else’s problem?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        I think the whole point of the 211-game suspension was Bud trying to rewrite his history on PESs (which I guess we have to call them now). He is trying to make up for decades of inaction in one single suspension. I certainly do not blame ARod for taking issue with being the object of such a plan.

    • paperlions - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Bosch’s testimony is somewhat irrelevant though….nothing Bosch says can justify any suspension beyond the 50 games called for in the CBA. In fact, if Bosch’s testimony is that many players had similar usage patterns to ARod, it would support ARod’s appeal of his year+ suspension, which should be cut to 50 games.

  7. bluesoxbaseball - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Craig, Congrats on being quoted in the suit. That was awesome. (I assume Rule 11 does not apply to commentators who are quoted, even if they are attorneys? LOL.)

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      This goes to show: be careful what you write, A-Rod may end up using it in Court.

      • ptfu - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        I now believe that A-Rod’s legal needs are why we don’t have an edit function.

  8. theskinsman - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    When will we get a picture of Craig in Alexs’ demonstration team,holding up signs and chanting for his hero? I’d imagine anyone in ARods camp would say Craig nailed the audition.

  9. MyTeamsAllStink - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I hope he wins.Just to stick it to Selig

  10. edpeters101 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Alex cheated! MLB caught him! And I think he will win the lawsuit (at least to the extent that his suspension is reduced to the level as the others) because MLB went overboard to make up for poor administration of the drug rules the last 10 years! YMMV

    • erikeaglesfan1 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      That’s the thing, they didn’t catch him with testing, and that shows that testing does not work. He was caught because a newspaper was investigating Miami, and stumbled across these records. How many other players in every sport are doing the same thing? Too many athletes in all sports can get around testing by simply using the new thing out that doesn’t get tested for. If MLB just treated this according to the CBA and simply suspended him 50 games like everyone except Braun, who lost less money being suspended 65 games this year than 50 next year, it would probably never have gone this far.

      • cur68 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        If they’d just done that: 50 games, like he’s supposed to get for 1st time offenders, probably none of this would be going on. Instead…this. Jeez. Nice work, Bud.

      • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Hey Cur, it’ll just give us all something to watch and comment about until Spring Training starts.

    • anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

      The lawsuit is not about reducing his suspension, that is an internal administrative matter now being heard by the MLB arbitrator. ARod’s claim is that MLB interfered with his existing and prospective endorsement contracts by releasing confidential information, intimidating witnesses, targeting him with excessive penalties and so on. It’s about the money, and collaterally about his reputation.

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Shouldn’t he have named Bosch too? Is Bosch still subject to discovery if he is not named? Perhaps ARod’s team did not want to create a(nother) common interest between Bosch and MLB

    • anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      I wondered about that also and your analysis is probably correct. At this point I doubt that Bosch has any common interests with MLB unless you believe the claims that they have agreed to pay him $5 million for his testimony, which would be very stupid and highly illegal. A claim of collusion or conspiracy between Bosch and MLB would be hard to prove and would complicate a very (believe it or not) simple case of tortious interference. Also, Bosch reportedly is broke. And yes, ARod can require him to submit to a deposition under oath and provide any documents and recordings that he has.

  12. aidanscawley - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The longer this goes on, the more I believe A-Rod has a shot. It would appear Selig has sorely misplayed his hand. This should have been a slam dunk for him, but put in the context of the Braun suspension and the resurgence of Byrd it turned into a legal tightrope.

  13. gbjames911 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Craig, is this a violation of anything dealing with the Players Association and the ability to sue? Kind of like when Frank McCourt couldn’t technically sue MLB. This just seems like Arod is grasping for straws knowing that his career is likely to come to an end. Also, for all the Selig haters, whether Bud wins or not, he is gone soon. Why not get rid of both of them?

  14. RoyHobbs39 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Craig, If I print out a copy of the complaint and mail it to you, would you autograph paragraph 37 for me? I could retire off that thing.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      I’m hoping the comments section comes up in trial, too.

      “Your honor, Bozos4all, said it best when he wrote, and I quote, ‘A-RoID is a cheater who should be kicked out of baseball forever!!!!’ And HalladaysBiceps added, ‘Using a spitbal is NOT the same as being a cheater who uses ROIDS! Which are illegallll!!’I rest my case.”

      • RoyHobbs39 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        The second comment would be thrown out for missing the t in “Halladaysbicepts”.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        “I’m beginning to think this character really isn’t that smart. We never should have made him our star witness. What were we thinking??”

      • historiophiliac - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        I’d really like it if the dessert debate made it into the record. Perhaps they could use that to screen prospective jurors. You know they’ll want to keep bread pudding eaters off the jury because we are too sophisticated. They’ll probably stack it with pie people.

      • nbjays - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        I’d want Old Gator to deliver the jury’s verdict… in the same style he uses in those verbose, convoluted posts of his. That would be beyond awesome. :-)

      • shadowcell - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        “As you can see, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Bozos4all and HalladaysBicepts used a combined *seven* exclamation points throughout their comments. Does this not establish their credibility? I think it does.”

    • zzalapski - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Don’t forget to get paragraph 5 signed by David Letterman!

  15. chip56 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    As far as I can tell the only reasons for this lawsuit to go forward is that Alex’s lawyers enjoy making money and Alex is dumb.

  16. coloradogolfcoupons - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    @cur68: “He only sought to abuse himself in order to help his team and live up to the GUARANTEED CONTRACT he signed. That’s almost noble.”

    Since he’s been juicing since High School, I would say the point of his steroid use was
    to GET a guaranteed contract, and that is criminal. This turd joining the Hooten Foundation? A fucking snake and fraud of the first order, preaching to kids about the dangers of steroids while he squirts himself in the ass with steroid needles? Jesus, how can ANY baseball fan defend this fuckhead?

    Almost Noble???? You gotta be shitting me. That kind of hypocrisy is criminal.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      What if he took steroids to be the best player he could be, because he was obsessed with that? What if that’s his motivation, and the money is a by product?

      And fuck the Hooten Foundation. That’s more of a sham than Arod is.

    • cur68 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Miss the point much? Lemme try and spell this out better: He was still on PEDs late in his career. That’s what this is about. But he doesn’t HAVE to take ANYTHING anymore. THAT’S THE POINT. The contract is guaranteed: he can ride pine for the rest of it, if he wants. Hit .150.

      Nevertheless he was doing everything he could to return or remain at work. Legal and illegal: he wants to do his job. He’s only hurting himself by doing so. NO ONE ELSE IS BEING HURT.

      Get it?

  17. FinFan68 - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Why would a legal justice system principle apply to what is essentially an internal disciplinary matter within a business? MLB does not have subpoena powers so there is no way to compel a witness to testify. In the justice system they can be called to testify or face contempt charges.

    • chiadam - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      I strenuously object!!

      - Commander Jo Galloway

      • Kevin S. - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        Seriously, bad lawyer, or worst lawyer ever?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Works on contingency? No, money down!

  18. greenmtnboy31 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Selig continues to be a cancer on the game of baseball and all because of his overinflated ego. At this point, what MLB has done under Selig’s “leadership” is classless and only serves to sully the MLB image.

  19. deep64blue - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    “Mr. Selig’s tenure as Commissioner is as scandal-ridden as his term as
    owner, plagued by some of the most contentious and damaging failures in baseball history. ”

    Tell us how you really feel Alex …..

  20. andyreidisfat - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    This all brings up another point. To win this case a-rod will either have to prove he never used roids *eye roll* or he will have to admit that not only did he use them but he transported said illegal drugs across state lines, thus he would be admitting in open court that he commited a felony. If this happens and he is not arrested on the spot then i will have a huge problem with the feds. They arrest people all the time for bring drugs across state lines (its a felony) and A-rod will have admitted doing the same. Also if A-rod was delivering said drugs (i think he was and thats why baseball hit him harder) and that comes out in this trial, A-rod better go to jail or i have a feeling poor people who family and friends in jail for crossing state lines with a joint are all going to be pretty pissed.

    • xdj511 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      There is nothing in there about whether or not he is actually guilty of steriod use. They are suing MLB because their “witch hunt” resulted in defamation of character and lost wages. Whether or not A-Rod actually used steroids in violation of the JDA is irrelevent.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

        He thinks the feds would actually do anything to Arod if Arod admitted use in court, never mind the statute of limitations issue. Ron Washington failed a drug test for cocaine, and didn’t even get a slap on the wrist, either via the law or MLB. Jose Canseco didn’t get punished either.

      • mornelithe - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        A-Rod would need to prove the defamation part, which would require him to prove none of what Bosch, or Fischer have in hard evidence is real. He also hasn’t lost any wages (yet).

    • anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      You think that ARod, who makes about $22 mil a year, was wokring as a mule for Bosch on the side?

      • anxovies - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        “working.” No edit function. It takes the bite out of the comment. Damn!

  21. xdj511 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I read the whole thing and what struck me was that this is all about lost wages, lost endorsement opportunities, basically all about money. This is basically an admission that A-Rod took steriods, there is no denial of that anywhere. It’s hard to feel sorry for the highest paid player in baseball history when all he seems to care about is all the money that this is going to cost him.

  22. sdelmonte - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Hm. If you are quoted as an attorney, can you bill him for that?

  23. bh0673 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    After reading the lawsuit I have to say I do agree with A-Rod when it comes to MLB and Selig ‘s, past inaction and tacit approval of the use of performance enhancing substances”. I will argue this till the day I die without ever changing my view. After the strike and the replacement player debacle, the records broken by the likes of McGuire, Sosa and Bonds as well as the home run power that was prevalent during that time was obvious to everyone and we are all culpable. MLB and Selig in particular are liars if they say they didn’t know, all the BBWA members and every other sports writer who says they had no idea are liars and as fans we all knew. Guys like Lenny Dykstra don’t grow like he did by just working out. I will take it one step further if Bonds had been humble and showed respect for the game and wasn’t the arrogant self centered a-hole he was I don’t think the steroid issue would have never been as big a deal.

    Baseball needed the steroid years and the results they brought to get people back in the stadiums and to restore excitement in the game. For all those who say it was cheating wake up and smell the coffee that wasn’t the first time there was drug use or cheating in baseball and I ma sure won’t be the last. In 1994 the strike was bad especially for Expo and Yankee fans, the unbelievably stupid decision to field replacement players in 1995 and even think that we the fans would accept it blindly was the worst thing they could have ever done. NO I am not a fan of PED’s but back then lets all face it the heroics of juiced players got us all back in the game.

  24. massconn72 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Hang him by his you know whats.

  25. pappageorgio - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Steroids are not banned from baseball because MLB cares about players abusing their bodies. Hell, juiced up players breaking records, smashing baseballs, and throwing 110 MPH fast balls is great for the game.

    But….congress got involved. The idea being that steroids being so out in the open and so widely used is sending a bad message to America’s youth. And Baseball, being America’s game and having that anti-trust exemption thing, has a greater responsibility. Now while I generally do not agree with the gov’t getting involved with pro sports (mostly because they can’t handle their own problems), I agree that something had to be done. The gov’t threatened that anti-trust exemption if it wasn’t cleaned up.

    So here we are now: people complain that the testing doesn’t work, but it has……baseball is much much cleaner than it was. There will always be people who cheat. Those people will work very hard to stay one-step ahead of the rules. There is nothing that can be done about that, except to keep the testing current and make the cheater work even harder to conceal if they want to cheat……and many will get caught anyway.

    The problem with A-rod….some people have said that Selig (who people always want to make the whipping-boy…even when he’s got a point) is overstepping his power and A-Rod offense should have only been 50 games. Yeah….50 games for the steroids maybe…..but he has engaged in a pattern of trying to foil, lie, blame others, buy his way out of his misdeed. And this can’t be. If MLB were to give in to A-Rod or give him a simple penalty it sends the message that it’s OK to attempt to buy your way out of testing….pay witnesses…destroy evidence…things that are illegal in a court of law. If MLB let’s him do it…….congress is right back up their ass with more hearings. It’s bad for baseball.

    Selig maybe is being a little harsh or unfair to A-Rod (though I’ve always thought people used the words “not fair” to mean any situation that didn’t favor them…..rather than “fair” for everyone), but sending a message that if/when people get caught cheating that interfering with an investigation and trying to circumvent the system will bring harsher penalties.

    That’s how things work at my house….my son does something wrong, he’s going to be in trouble. Now if he lies about it instead of admitting his mistake(s)……oh my…..that’s another can of worms altogether.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      If MLB were to give in to A-Rod or give him a simple penalty it sends the message that it’s OK to attempt to buy your way out of testing….pay witnesses…destroy evidence…things that are illegal in a court of law. If MLB let’s him do it…….congress is right back up their ass with more hearings. It’s bad for baseball.

      You mean all the things that MLB did?

      but sending a message that if/when people get caught cheating that interfering with an investigation and trying to circumvent the system will bring harsher penalties.

      And we have proof that he did this, right? It’s highly unlikely we’ll ever find out what truly happened, but I’m shocked at how many people take certain media reports as facts.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        oh goddamnit:

        If MLB were to give in to A-Rod or give him a simple penalty it sends the message that it’s OK to attempt to buy your way out of testing….pay witnesses…destroy evidence…things that are illegal in a court of law. If MLB let’s him do it…….congress is right back up their ass with more hearings. It’s bad for baseball.

        You mean all the things that MLB did?

        but sending a message that if/when people get caught cheating that interfering with an investigation and trying to circumvent the system will bring harsher penalties.

        And we have proof that he did this, right? It’s highly unlikely we’ll ever find out what truly happened, but I’m shocked at how many people take certain media reports as facts.

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